Shaune's Nana passed away in September. We were all so sad to see her go, even at the age of 97 years old. Its never a good time when it is someone special and dear to you. Nana K was so many things. She always had a smile for you. She was loving, witty, intelligent, charming, and very beautiful. She will be missed by us all.
Keaton's team had the Junior Boys soccer tournament on Tuesday and they did awesome. They played 4 games of round robin and then proceeded on to the semi finals and then the finals. They played 6 games and only lost the first one of the day. The Final game was exciting + the boys played so well as a team. Almost all the kids on the team got a turn scoring goals throughout the day, which was nice to see. When they played weaker teams they held back and stopped scoring as much as possible = the coach was wonderful in teaching them such awesome sportsmanship for sure! It was a fun day of soccer. They were so excited to be the champs of the day!
Holiday Monday was another beautiful day. We really did get lucky and it was one of the best weather weekends we've had for Thanksgiving in a LONG time. We took the kids over the Campbell's Orchard in the County to see all the pumpkins, apples, vegetable stands and the petting zoo too. The kids tried all kinds of treats and their favourites were the apple cider, caramel apples and the fresh Mapledale cheese curds. MMM. It made for a delicious afternoon out in the sunshine.
Lynn and Larry treated us to our 3rd and final feast on Monday night. Its funny though... we never get tired of turkey, dressing and all the fixings. Keaton and Shaune were in heaven all weekend long. Lynn always prepares a beautiful turkey supper and it was great getting together with the family and all the cousins had a blast playing outside while we enjoyed our pumpkin and apple pie desserts.
On Sunday we got up early and headed to the final game of Keaton's Ganonoque tournament. They were in the C finals after losing their first game (it was a close game) and then tieing their 2nd game against Smith Falls. In the final game they played great and I think the final score was 4-1 for us (vs Brockville). It was nice to see them get that win after the tight games they played earlier in the weekend.
The game was done by noon and so we rushed down the highway and made it back to Aunt Ann and Uncle T's "Emerson Thanksgiving" at 1:30pm. I always love our time there on the river with all my aunts and uncles, cousins, etc. Gram (who has not been feeling well) made it to the dinner and that was a nice treat for us all to get to spend Thanksgiving with her.
Thank you Aunt Ann and Uncle Terry for a beautiful afternoon and some delicious EATS!
Part I started on Saturday when I picked up my brother Cory and drove back to Boulter for a gorgeous (and unusually hot) Autumn day. Keaton's hockey team was in a tournament up in Gananoque so he and Shaune missed our annual celebration back north... which sucked!
We enjoyed the unseasonably warm temps and didn't even have to wear rain coats, parkas, winter boots or mittens... some of us (not me) even wore tank tops all day. The haywagons were full (2 again this year) and we set off for our yearly trek around the lake. The scenery was beautiful and the company was grand! I'll let the photos speak for themselves. I was sandwiched between Uncle Murray and Cory the entire ride so I only took photos of what I could see on the wagon without moving and possibly losing my seat! lol!
The turkey dinner that followed was amazing. So good and then it was late so I packed up the kids and we were homeward bound so that we could get up and head to the hockey tournament the next morning.
Our little hometown is making a bid to win "Kraft Hockeyville" this year. There are lots of fun events planned to encourage town spirit and bring the community together. Keaton and Chloe recently participated in the kids triathalon. They did 3 different activities: skating laps in the arena, running the soccer fields outside and then doing laps around the racetrack on their bikes. Chloe thought it was a lot of work! She was huffing and puffing by the end of the race and ended up crashing her bike at the finish line - poor kid. Still she said it was 'sorta fun'. Maybe athletics just isn't her thing. The arena is like Keaton's second home so he had a blast.
We celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary on September 12th. Guess how it was spent (again this year?!)... the hockey arena. It is a running joke that every anniversary we are at the arena for hockey try outs, a game or a practice. It is just the way it is for now.
Thankfully, I married a wonderful man. We have been together 18 years and it is crazy to think it has already been 13 years since our wedding day. How time does fly!
Chloe surprised us with a beautiful (and funny) letter and drawing as her gift to us. She is such a wonderful little girl and the gift went beautifully with my fresh flowers from her amazing dad.
Well, the summer flew by. It happened especially quickly this year and I must admit I wasn't quite ready for it to be over.
Keaton, going into Grade 6 agreed with me... he wanted another month of lounging around the house and swimming in the pool, etc. He likes his time with mom, he admits it.
Chloe on the other hand was ready to be back to the social time that school brings for her. She also was excited to have a new teacher for Grade 3 that everyone promised her is 'fabulous'. She drew pictures for her in anticipation of the first day... already trying to become the teachers pet.
As we whisked around getting them ready for the first day, Meg slept through it all. I finally went up and woke her up at 930am.... long after the school bus had already taken the kids off. She was surprised to wake up to peace, quiet and no Keaton or "Coco". By the end of the day we were both missing them and glad to hear all about their exciting first day back.